Haddenham.net

Just What the Doctor Ordered!

Home » News » Just What the Doctor Ordered!
Hugh Stradling 02
Jenny Hardy
John Stradling

Saturday night was unseasonably cold and wet, but that was no deterrent to those attending the concert in aid of Stonehill House, who filled St Mary's Church almost to capacity. And they were rewarded for venturing from their warm homes by a captivating evening of music presented by Dr Hugh Stradling and his very talented friends.

The evening's programme could only be described as eclectic, ranging from Ludwig Beethoven to Tom Lehrer, but from start to finish it was both entertaining and uplifting. Given the quality of all the performances it seems a little unfair to single out particular highlights, but it also seems unfair not to acknowledge two contributions that, for me, were particularly outstanding.

The first was Elizabeth Nurse's violin rendition of Dvorak's Romance in F minor (Opus 11), accompanied by Clare Barr on the piano. I can think of no more fitting word than entrancing for this luscious item.

My second highlight could hardly be more different. I'm quietly confident that all those present will remember baritone Chris Smith's rendition of four Tom Lehrer "love" songs for quite some time to come. I think it would be fair to describe his performance as either electrifying or terrifying, depending on where you were sitting!

It was a wonderful evening that raised a substantial sum for a very worthy cause. Thank you, Hugh, for organising the event and for your accomplished piano contributions, and thanks to all of your many friends who also entertained us. Thanks also to those responsible for the delicious and deceptively substantial nibbles and wine. We had great fun — let's do it again soon!

For more photographs from this delightful evening, please visit the GALLERIES section.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Quiz Night
Haddenham Webteam: Tue 25 Sep 5:45pm

Haddenham & District Age Concern is hosting another of its very popular Quiz Nights this Friday evening, 28th September in the village hall starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost just £5 per head — please bring your own food and drink. The evening will include a 20-minute break so that guests can eat together. As usual there will be a super raffle and the Quiz winners will each get a...

Green Lane Opening Ceremony 01
Haddenham Webteam: Mon 24 Sep 10:00am

The newly widened and surfaced Green Lane bridleway was officially opened on Sunday afternoon, 23rd September. Thankfully the heavy rain that had drenched Haddenham for the preceding 24 hours had abated and the event was bathed in glorious Autumn sunshine. Given that rainfall, it was all the more impressive that the bridleway was perfectly navigable on foot, bicycle, skateboard or even...

Community Fair 29
Haddenham Webteam: Sun 23 Sep 10:15am

Haddenham Village Society hosted its second Community Fair on Saturday 22nd September, and a very wet afternoon did not deter several hundred visitors from pouring into the village hall to see the stands of over 50 local organisations, clubs, trusts and societies on display.Organisation of this logistically complex event represented several months of dedicated planning and detailed...